Workout Wednesday = Watch Where You Are Walking

by DavalosMcCormack on December 23, 2009

Walking is great exercise. It’s simple to do, you don’t need any instructions or coaching or special equipment, and you can do it anywhere, anytime. But be careful if you do it New Year’s Day, because apparently that is the deadliest time of year for pedestrians!

A 2005 study in the journal Prevention reported that more pedestrians are killed on New Year’s Day than any other day. The reason is simple. Alcohol. Not necessarily drunk drivers, but drunk walkers. The study found that of the 410┬ápedestrians killed on New Year’s Day from 1986 to 2002, 58 percent of them had high blood alcohol concentrations.

That means they are more likely to walk out into traffic without looking to see if it’s safe, more likely to walk into objects and knock themselves out and die in snow drifts etc.

That’s not a great way to start the New Year if you ask me.

So, by all means go for a walk. By all means, get some exercise. But if you have been drinking heavily then maybe it might be safer just to take a cab, or have someone drive you home.

And if you don’t want to do it for yourself, then do it for Shirley and me. We can’t afford to lose any of our readers!

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